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Help for people on sick leave welcomed by CSP

CSP press release published on 10 February 2014

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy has welcomed the Government's new Health and Work Service, which should help provide people on sick leave with access to the treatment and advice they need to return to their job.

Professor Karen Middleton, chief executive of the CSP, said:

"Too many people at present end up on long-term sick leave because they do not get fast access to physiotherapy and other services that could have got them back in work quickly, or even avoided any absence at all.

"This can be devastating for the individuals involved and expensive for employers and the wider economy.

"This new service has the potential to stop minor conditions from becoming long-term problems by providing that early access to treatment, and that is to be welcomed.

"But it is important to add that if someone is unable to work, forcing them back before they are ready will only cause their condition to worsen and require a longer period of absence.

"It is therefore essential that employers be responsible and work together with their employees to find the best solution for everyone's interests."

For further information please call the CSP press office on 020 7306 1111, email pressoffice@csp.org.uk. Out of hours please call Becca Bryant, head of press and PR (job-share) on 079172 40819, Jennie Edmondson, head of press and PR (job share) on 07786 332197, or Jon Ryan, senior media adviser on 07917 091200.

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Notes to editors

  1. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is the UK’s professional, educational and trade union body. We have more than 52,000 members, including chartered physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and support workers.

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